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VIDEO: Hofstra one win away from first NCAA bid since 2001

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In a rematch of last year’s CAA semifinal that went to double overtime, No. 1 seed Hofstra avenged that defeat by beating No. 5 William & Mary 70-67 Sunday afternoon on NBCSN.

Joe Mihalich’s Pride took the lead for good on a Denton Koon layup with 8.9 seconds remaining, and an Ameen Tanksley free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining provided the final margin. The Tribe had one final possession, but their inbounds pass was mishandled and time expired.

Tanksley led four Hofstra players in double figures with 23 points and CAA Player of the Year Juan’ya Green added 14 and five assists. Greg Malinowski led the way offensively for the Tribe with 22 points, as he shot 5-for-8 from three and 7-for-10 from the field overall.

Hofstra will play No. 2 UNCW, with whom they shared the CAA regular season title, in Monday’s title game.

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Preview and Postseason Awards

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The regular season in the Colonial Athletic Association was an entertaining one, as it produced two champions (Hofstra and UNCW) and three other teams with 11 league wins (Towson, William & Mary and James Madison). Joe Mihalich’s Pride, led by CAA Player of the Year Juan’ya Green and forward Rokas Gustys, will be the top seed this weekend in Baltimore with UNCW being the two-seed. The last two tournament titles have been won by teams that earned at least a share of that season’s regular season title, but don’t be surprised if that isn’t the case this time around.

The Bracket


When: March 4-7

Where: Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore

Final: March 7, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)

Watch the CAA Championship game Monday at 7 pm ET on NBCSN and on Live Extra

Favorite: UNCW

For the second straight season the Seahawks won a share of the CAA regular season title, performing well on both ends of the floor as they won 14 CAA games. UNCW ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage, third in three-point percentage, second in field goal percentage defense and third in three-point percentage defense. Kevin Keatts has four players averaging double figures in scoring with All-CAA forward Chris Flemmings (16.1 ppg) and guard Denzel Ingram (12.6 ppg) leading the way, and eight players play at least 12 minutes per contest. UNCW also led the CAA in turnover margin, but if they’re to win the tournament they have to be better on the defensive glass (last in defensive rebounding percentage).

And if they lose?: Hofstra

The Pride don’t have much depth thanks to injuries, but they certainly don’t lack for talent. In addition to the aforementioned Green and Gustys, Joe Mihalich can also call upon quality options such as Ameen Tanksley, Brian Bernardi and Denton Koon for contributions on the offensive end of the floor. Hofstra averaged 78.4 points per game in CAA play, and only William & Mary was better from an offensive efficiency standpoint. The key for Hofstra: avoiding foul trouble, especially when it comes to Gustys in the post.

Other Contenders:

  • William & Mary: Tony Shaver’s Tribe have never reached the NCAA tournament, but players such as all-CAA guard Omar Prewitt and Daniel Dixon have made them the most efficient offense in the league.
  • James Madison: The Dukes have on of the CAA’s best players in guard Ron Curry, and they swept the season series with possible semifinal opponent Hofstra.
  • Towson: Pat Skerry’s Tigers are the three-seed by virtue of their 3-1 record against William & Mary and James Madison, and led by Arnaud William Adala Moto they’re the best rebounding team in the CAA.

CAA Player of the Year: Juan’ya Green, Hofstra

A lot was asked of Green due to the Pride’s lack of depth and he delivered, averaging 18.2 points (second in the CAA), 7.9 assists (first) and 1.8 steals (first) in conference games. Green reached double digits in scoring in all 18 of Hofstra’s CAA games, and over the last six contests (all wins) he averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 assists per game.

CAA Coach of the Year: Kevin Keatts, UNCW

This award tends to go to the coach whose team most exceeded preseason expectations, and Keatts certainly qualifies. After losing three starters and their top two scorers from a team that won a share of the CAA regular season title in 2014-15, UNCW simply reloaded and duplicated that feat in 2015-16.

First-Team All-CAA:

  • Juan’ya Green, Hofstra (POY)
  • Ron Curry, James Madison: Curry averaged a CAA-best 19.2 points per game in league games while also dishing out an average of four assists per contest.
  • Omar Prewitt, William & Mary: Prewitt ranked third in the CAA in both scoring and field goal percentage (league games only).
  • Chris Flemmings, UNCW: Flemmings arrived at UNCW as a walk-on after transferring in from Division II Barton College, and at 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game (in CAA play) the 6-foot-5 forward certainly had an impact.
  • Rokas Gustys, Hofstra: Gustys was the CAA’s most dominant interior presence, as he led the league in both rebounding (15.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (68.7 percent) while also averaging 16.4 points per contest in CAA games.

CBT Prediction: UNCW outlasts Hofstra in the title game.

VIDEO: Gustys, Hofstra hold off Northeastern at home

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With first-place UNCW winning Saturday, Hofstra needed a win Sunday against Northeastern to remain a game back ahead of their meeting in Wilmington Thursday night. The Huskies mounted a rally in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overtake Hofstra, which won by the final score of 65-60 on NBC Sports Network.

Denton Koon scored 19 points and Rokas Gustys added 17 points and 16 rebounds, tallying his 17th double-double of the season. Guards Juan’ya Green (13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds) and Ameen Tanksley (12 points) also scored in double figures, with that quartet accounting for 61 of the Pride’s 65 points.

David Walker and Quincy Ford, both of whom had their struggles at times on the offensive end Sunday, scored 15 points apiece for Northeastern.

CAA Preview: Hofstra, James Madison head balanced field

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Beginning in October and running up through November 13th, the first day of the regular season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2015-2016 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

Today, we are previewing the CAA.

There may not have been a conference in the country that was more competitive at the top than the CAA a season ago. Four teams shared the regular season title and seven finished within three games of first place.

It doesn’t get more competitive than that, and while a couple of those teams lose some critical pieces, we’re staring down the barrel of another CAA season that won’t be decided until the final game.

On paper, Hofstra looks like the best team, as they clearly have the most talent. Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley, the best 1-2 punch in the conference are arguably the best perimeter pairing in mid-major hoops, are both back for their final season. Sharp-shooter Brian Bernardi returns as well, as do a couple of big bodies inside, but the issue for the Pride this season will have nothing to do with how well they can score.

Can they get stops? The Pride were 49th nationally in offensive efficiency last season. They were 249th in defensive efficiency and struggled throughout the year to get critical stops on key possessions.

That leaves James Madison, who won a share of last year’s regular season title. The Dukes have the league’s best pure point guard on their roster in 6-foot-4 Ron Curry. Curry averaged 13.9 points and 4.3 assists as a junior and was the catalyst in a number of important wins. Matt Brady also has the best big man in the conference in 6-foot-9 Yohanny Dalembert. Throw in a pair of snipers on the wings and a handful of quality role players, and JMU has a real shot at winning again.

The key for this group is going to be team chemistry. In 2014-15, their season turned when they dismissed Andre Nation, arguably the most talented player on the roster, in December.

Northeastern, William & Mary and UNC Wilmington all lose critical pieces off of last year’s roster.

Northeastern will be without big man Scott Eatherton, a key piece in their near-upset of Notre Dame in the opening round of last year’s NCAA tournament, but they bring back four key seniors from last year, including Quincy Ford and David Walker. They’ll be in the mix down the stretch despite Eatherton’s graduation, but the same cannot be said for William & Mary.

The Tribe run a Princeton-esque offensive system, and they run it well, which should help them overcome the loss of Marcus Thornton, one of the most dynamic guards in all of college basketball last season. They also return a promising wing in Omar Prewitt, but there are some real concerns. Can Prewitt handle facing an opponent’s best defender on a nightly basis? And without Thornton, do they have someone they can turn to if their offense breaks down?

UNCW loses their two leading scorers and three of their top five players. Kevin Keatts is a terrific coach, but the Seahawks look primed to take a small step back this season. As will Drexel, who lost Damion Lee as a graduate transfer to Louisville.

There are two teams to keep an eye on in the middle of the league: Delaware and Towson. The Blue Hens were dreadfully inexperienced last season and dealing with a coaching staff that was left in contract limbo. They still managed to finish 9-9 in the league, returning the league’s two best freshmen in Kory Holden and Chivarsky Corbett. They’re probably a year away from truly being a contender.

Towson lost leading scorer Four McGlynn, but John Davis and Byron Hawkins both return while Wake Forest transfer Arnaud William Adala Moto will be eligible this year.

MORE: 2015-16 Season Preview Coverage | Conference Previews | Preview Schedule


  • Favorite: “Hofstra is probably the most talented team. But Hofstra was really talented last year, too, and with [Green and Tanksley] they only finished 10-8. Can they defend a little better? That was their Achilles’ heel last year. I also like James Madison. Ronald Curry is the best point guard in the league, and [Yohanney] Dalembert is the best big.”
  • Sleeper: “I really like Delaware. I think they’re a year away, but I hate to play them. If Kory Holden has it going, they’ve got two guys that can score inside and if Chivarsky Corbett progresses on the wing? I like their chances.”
  • Star to watch: “Juan’ya Green. He just plays wit such a pace. Big guard, can score at all three levels, make threes, mid-range, scores at the rim. He’s got a feel for the game. Old man game, it looks like he’s coasting until you see the box score. He’s a terrific player. Far and away biggest difference maker in the league.”


I’m not sure what I can add here that wasn’t mentioned in the Coach’s Take. Green, who transferred into the program from Niagara, averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 boards. The knock on him — like the rest of the Pride — is his effort on the defensive end of the floor. But even with those concerns, Green is the best player on the team that can win the league.


  • Ronald Curry, James Madison: Curry has improved every year he’s been in college, averaging 13.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.8 boards as a junior. As he goes, JMU goes.
  • Ameen Tanksley, Hofstra: The second-part of Hofstra’s dynamic Philly duo. Green is the playmaker for the Pride, Tanksley, a 6-foot-5 wing that averaged 16.5 points last season, is their pure scorer.
  • Terry Tarpey, William & Mary: A 6-foot-5 guard, Tarpey averaged 12.0 points, 8.4 boards and 3.2 assists as a junior. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in the league last season. A winner through and through.
  • Yohanny Dalembert, James Madison: A junior from Haiti, the 6-foot-8 Dalembert should be the best big in the conference this season. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.9 boards a season ago.



1. James Madison
2. Hofstra
3. Northeastern
4. Delaware
5. William & Mary
6. Towson
7. UNC Wilmington
8. Drexel
9. Charleston
10. Elon